Being yourself at work may harm your career

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  • Being too honest in the workplace could be detrimental to your career

    While having an opinion and speaking up is beneficial in social settings, it may prevent promotion at the office, according to research at the University of Greenwich.

    Scientists assessed levels of self expression to see how much people opened up in day-to-day interactions.

    People were more likely to be themselves with their partner, but were much less likely to show their true personality in the work place, according to the study of 533 people.

    Although those who opened up to their partners were healthier and more satisfied with life, the same approach was found to be counterproductive in the workplace.

    ‘You hear self-help gurus say that the secret of happiness is ‘being yourself’ or ‘expressing your true feelings’, but that doesn’t seem to apply in the workplace,’ says Dr Oliver Robinson from the University of Greenwich.

    ‘So in some circumstances, it may be that a polite smile or tactfully keeping quiet may be more conducive to your well-being than saying what you actually think and feel to work colleagues.’

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